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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

County Executive Kevin KamenetzPublic Service Overview

A lifelong resident of Baltimore County, Kevin Kamenetz began his career in public service as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. In 1994, he was elected to the Baltimore County Council where he served four terms, including Chairman, in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2008. In 2010, he was elected to serve as Baltimore County’s 12th County Executive, and was re-elected in 2014.

A Leader of Education

Kevin Kamenetz has shepherded the largest school construction program in the history of the state of Maryland, a $1.3 billion investment building 16 new schools, 12 additions, three major renovations and eliminating the backlog of schools lacking central air conditioning from 90 to 13 last fall, and finishing thereafter. Also included in this historic program are 10,000 additional seats to alleviate overcrowding as well as wi-fi and public safety upgrades. County Executive Kamenetz has also funded classroom technology conversions, including tablets for every student, a curriculum that encourages every child to graduate fluent in a second language and opportunities to allow a student to receive both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree tuition-free.

A Proven Crimefighter

During Kamenetz’s tenure, Baltimore County has seen crime drop to historic lows and clearance rates rising significantly above the state and national averages. County Executive Kamenetz is a statewide leader in the implementation of police body cameras and in efforts to combat sexual assault.

A Supporter of Recreation

Baltimore County has seen an increase in public recreation facilities including 11 new parks, four new dog parks, five new artificial turf fields, and 10 major park improvements like new community centers, trails and large-scale enhancements at Lake Roland and Oregon Ridge Parks. The County also constructed a modern animal shelter with record-high adoption rates.

A Job Creator

Under County Executive Kamenetz’s leadership, Baltimore County has grown and thrived. Since 2010, there has been more than $5 billion of private investment in the County, bringing new jobs and services in Owings Mills, Towson, White Marsh, Woodlawn, Halethorpe and Randallstown as well as a significant investment by Tradepoint Atlantic that will bring 10,000 sustainable full- and part-time jobs to Sparrows Point, site of the former Bethlehem Steel. The County’s unemployment rate has been cut in half during Kamenetz’s tenure.

A Fiscal Conservative

Baltimore County has maintained the highest credit rating in the country—an accomplishment reached by just 46 counties in the nation. At the same time, Kamenetz continues to hold the line on taxes. Baltimore County has not raised the property tax rate in 29 years nor the income tax rate in 25 years.

A Protector of the Environment and the Community

Kamenetz has received numerous awards from various community, education, legal and civic organizations. His 2017 recognitions include the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association’s Leadership Award, Henrietta Lacks Public and Community Service Award and Pet Rescue of Maryland’s Hometown Hero Award. Also this year, while President of the Maryland Association of Counties, he was presented with a Key to the City by Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan. In 2010, Kamenetz’s efforts to reduce density, protect environmentally sensitive land and watersheds, and secure Baltimore County’s rural heritage won him the coveted Valleys Planning Council’s McHarg Award. In 2012, he was honored as a founder of Program NeighborSpace. In 2013, Kamenetz received the Outstanding Performance and Community Service Award from the Baltimore County NAACP in recognition of significant increases in diversity among County employees. Kamenetz was named Most Distinguished Leader for Minority Businesses in 2016 by the Maryland Washington Minority Contractors Association. He is the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Association of Counties and a Past President of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Family Values

Born in Lochearn, where he attended Campfield Elementary School, Kamenetz graduated from Gilman School and earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Throughout his school years, he worked in his father’s drug store, Kaye’s Pharmacy, in Overlea. Kamenetz resides in Owings Mills with his wife, Jill, and his sons, Karson and Dylan.

 
Revised November 22, 2017         

 

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